Journal article

Uptake and efflux of copper-64 in Menkes'-disease and normal continuous lymphoid cell lines.

SM Herd, J Camakaris, R Christofferson, P Wookey, DM Danks

Biochem J | Published : 1987


The accumulation of copper over 2 h by normal lymphoid cells and those from Menkes'-disease patients (Menkes' cells) was found to be biphasic, with an initial phase of rapid uptake, an approach to steady state at around 40-60 min, followed by a further accumulation phase. The accumulation of copper was not diminished by the addition of a variety of metabolic inhibitors, suggesting that copper uptake is not an active process. The presence of carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone in the culture medium stimulated the uptake and accumulation of copper in both normal and Menkes' cells to the same absolute level. This effect appeared to be specific for copper, since the accumulation of Zn and C..

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